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Year 4

Our fantastic Year 4 topics cover a wealth of exciting learning journeys that the children will love to engage in.

Firstly, the children will take a journey to America as we learn through ‘Road Trip USA’. The next half term takes a wizardly twist as we test out strange concoctions in our ‘Potions’ topic. We will look back over history later in the year with our topics of ‘Traders and Raiders’ and ‘1066’. With a science focus in ‘Burps, Bottoms and Bile’ and a music focus in ‘Playlist’…What isn’t to like!

Mathematics is taught using the ‘Maths No Problem’ scheme, which embraces the love for practical learning. From this, the children will see themselves as mathematicians and can apply their skills more readily in reasoning and problem-solving. Each lesson has many parts, allowing the children time to discuss and develop methods and skills to solve questions. This development results in a greater depth of mathematical understanding and ability to reason with their methods.

English will be taught in a number of strands that marry together in the children’s writing. Each week the children will be given spellings that support their learning within English at a Year 4 level. During the week, the children will have discrete grammar and punctuation lessons that they can apply in their writing. Engaging stimuli from our topic, or topic-based texts, are used to create writing genres for the children to apply their skills in a real life context.

Reading in Year 4 is taught daily to focus on deepening their reading understanding. A range of stimuli will be used to engage the children to apply their reading skills, such as inference, deduction and justifying their answers or opinions. All children in Key Stage 2 read for 20 minutes a day and have the opportunity to quiz on their book and change their book based on their achieved level.

What their teacher says:

The children in my class make me smile on a daily basis, from the way that they inspire others to work harder, communicate their ideas to support and come together as a team to enhance a positive environment. My class are diligent learners.
Mrs Brand

What our children say:

"I feel safe at Sacriston Academy because there are always adults there to help" (Emily) "Learning is always fun with Maths- No Problem because we get to use the equipment." (Lexi) "The changes to our school will let us have more fun - I never expected the MUGA to be that big!" (Annabelle)

The summer term

We are looking back in time at our historic topic of ‘1066’, as we start the summer term. As we take the journey back to 1066, we will look at who the Normans were and how their life was different from today. Our artistic skills will be put to the test as we depict the story told in the Bayeux Tapestry.

Within our writing this half term, we will be writing diary entries from different perspectives of people working in castles, to better understand their lives. We will also be writing a narrative based on life as a Norman king or queen. To finish the half term we will be looking at a number of poems, to better understand the poetic vocabulary and layout.

In Mathematics, we will continue to look at decimals, specifically the use of tenths and hundredths and their equivalent fractions. Key skills of how to round decimals or divide numbers by 10 and 100 will be taught at the end of this unit. We will also move on to our next chapter which is money. In this chapter, we will look at how money is used to solve word problems. Finally, we end the half term by starting the topic of Mass, Volume and Length.

Our final half term will be based on the topic of ‘Playlist’. This musical topic will investigate how humans hear as well as the difference between many musical genres and the songwriters and musicians which made them famous.

As we come to the end of the year with Maths No Problem, we will finish the chapter on Mass, Volume and Length. We will then look at the area of shapes and how to calculate area in real life situations. Our mathematical focus will then move to geometry, as well as position and movement. During these chapters the children will use symmetry, describing angles and describing movement.

Other aspects of the curriculum, which do not form part of the topic/theme are also taught as separate subjects. In Year 4 the children will continue to have music lessons on a Tuesday with Mr Wilkinson, who teaches the children brass. Our RE focuses this next half term and next are to be on Judaism and the Sabbat and then Islam and Eid- ul-Adha.